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A Letter from Brother Hilario from Calcutta

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20/09/2007: India

A few short lines from Calcutta. We continue here in this immense city where all extremes seem to touch and one never finishes dealing with one than a greater one appears on the scene. Here all is massive, simple, austere and poor …, and that is attractive. And especially when what is seen surpasses all imagination.

Yesterday we received from Dhaka the originals of the documentation prepared beforehand by the bishop’s delegate for our entrance into Bangladesh. Today we went to the embassy here in Calcutta but it was closed and I don’t know why. But they were waiting for us and they told us to return tomorrow. So we’ll do it and we hope that it will be the last time since all is in order according to our understanding. If this is the case we would be able to travel there in a few days. The Marist Missionary Sisters want us to stay until the second week of September and celebrate together the feast of the Marist Family.

Meanwhile the second group of brothers destined for Bangladesh arrived here and two days ago they began their Bengali courses. We will continue our course in Dhaka. It’s not an easy language phonetically, nor in grammar, nor in syntax, and also the number of vowels and consonants, simple and complex, total more than 180. But that’s fine, we do what we can and so we’ll continue doing the same.

Fraternally,
B. Hilario - Calcutta, 30 August 2007

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